Flight Attendant Saves Two Girls From Being Abducted By An Online Predator. How To Teach Children About Internet Safety?
There are a lot of people doing evil things in the world and one of the tools they target innocent people is the internet. This is why it's important to be safe when we're online and to teach our children to be careful as well.
Thanks to one intuitive woman, two teenagers were spared from what could have been a terrible experience.
A Sacramento International Airport ticket agent followed her instincts and, as a result, two girls were saved from an online predator. Denice Miracle was working her shift when two young girls approached the ticket counter. Denice told CBS Sacramento that the girls seemed unsure and they were also texting someone through their phone.
Denice also noticed that the tickets the girls had were purchased online and there was a different name on it. It was also an expensive first-class ticket.
I told a supervisor to go call the sheriff that it just doesn’t feel right. It just didn’t feel right.
Deputies arrived soon enough and the girls, who were 15 and 17 years old, revealed that they met a man called 'Drey' on Instagram and he invited them to come to New York from Sacramento for the weekend. He was going to pay them $2,000 for some modeling jobs.
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The girls then lied to their parents that they were going to each other's house and took the trip. Todd Sanderson, one of the deputies who responded, explained that they had a one-way ticket and he believed the teens were being deceived.
When police tried to investigate 'Drey' on Instagram, he had erased all his social media accounts. Authorities believed he was a predator who lured potential victims online. It was a good thing that Denice followed her instincts and saved those girls, they said.
How to keep your kids safe
It's quite scary to think that anyone could reach your child through their phone. According to Child Development Info, here are a few things your kid should know about interacting with people online.
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- Help them understand the danger: It's possible that your child doesn't yet understand the real danger of the internet. Help them see that there are bad people who may want to hurt them online and they should be very observant.
- Protecting their privacy: Make them understand that private information should never be shared with strangers. Personal information, like where they live or go to school, aren't things they should announce to everyone.
- Stay calm: When talking to your child, try not to be too agitated or upset, as it might make them defensive. Be cool and calm in your approach so they feel comfortable talking to you.
- Learn the signs: How do you know if your child may be in trouble online? If they go on the computer at the same time every day, are secretive about their online activities or seem depressed, you should look into it.
While we encourage kids to be careful, we should also pay attention to what they do online as much as possible.